Casualty rate of U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command higher than Kamikazes

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by 17thfabn, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. According to "History Detective" on P.B.S. the British Bomber Command, and U.S. 8th Air Force had a higher casualty rate than the Kamikazes!

    They said many of the Japanese assigned to the Kamikazes survived due to a lack of equipment.

    Casualties by their numbers:

    British bomber Command 65%

    U.S. 8th Air Force 40 to 60%

    Kamikaze 53%

    Of course virtually all the casualties in the Kamikaze force were fatalities. Many of the casualties in the U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command survived.

    The casualty rate of the British and American flyers was stagering!
     
  2. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    Re: Casualty rate of U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command higher than Kamik

    I know an old man who flew dozens and dozens of missions in the 8th AF. He seemed rather casual when I asked him about it.
     

  3. Re: Casualty rate of U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command higher than Kamik

    I think it would depend on what period you were flying with the 8th A.F. during. Early in the war before long range escorts were available the casualty rate was much higher. Towards the end of the war the German Air force was basicly done.
     
  4. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Last edited: Jul 22, 2009
  5. Re: Casualty rate of U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command higher than Kamik

    Not hard to figure. When a British bomber went down, it took 10-12 men with it. A Kamikaze just had the one driver. I used to work with a bunch of WWII vets. Airmen would easily relate a hair raising story or two. So would the guys from armored crews. I guess they felt they were fighting machines and not men. Infantry, not too much. Too horrid. TJ
     
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  7. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Re: Casualty rate of U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command higher than Kamik

    Often there Charlie, representing us.
     
  8. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Re: Casualty rate of U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command higher than Kamik

    Rem,ember, the British were fighting the Germans long before we got involved.
     
  9. Re: Casualty rate of U.S. 8th Air Force, and British Bomber Command higher than Kamik

    Very inconsiderate if you ask me. Quite unseemly to show up early for a fracas...
     
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